While it may come as no surprise, the organizers of IPW 2020 have officially cancelled this year's event.
"We are saddened that circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic including global travel restrictions, flight reductions, mandated social distancing and stay-at-home orders both in the U.S. and abroad have made this year's event impossible to execute," Malcolm Smith, general manager of IPW, wrote in an email to participants.
IPW is the U.S. Travel Association's leading international inbound travel trade show that drives upwards of $5.5 billion in future travel to the United States.
The mega event connects travel exhibitors with thousands of travel buyers and media from more than 70 countries to promote products and negotiate future business and build relationships.
This year's IPW was scheduled to take place in Las Vegas from May 30th to June 3rd.
Smith said the event "explored every viable option to proceed."
"While the challenges of this moment are obviously being felt in every corner of the world, it's clear the travel community is being especially hard-hit. It is deeply unfortunate that this year's IPW will not provide us the opportunity to gather and forge a path forward together," he wrote.
Information on credits and refunds for participants will be shared next week, Smith said.
"Until we are able to convene again face-to-face at IPW, we are exploring ways to keep our industry connected and engaged," Smith concluded.
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